A Japanese rocket successfully put the first satellite into orbit that was made by the United Arab Emirates.
The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from the Tanegashima Space Center.
KhalifaSat is the first-ever Emirati-designed satellite, manufactured with 100% local expertise and developed in clean rooms in technology labs at the Space Technology Laboratories of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.
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The satellite is officially named GOSAT-2, short for "greenhouse gases observing satellite-2", and is meant to provide data that will help Japan create and publish "emission inventories" of the Carbon dioxide output of various countries, as outlined in the Paris climate accord.
A H2A rocket lifts off from its launching pod of Tanegashima Space Centre.
"Our dreams to embrace space have become a reality". KhalifSat will remain in orbit for five years, capturing high-quality detailed images that will be used in urban planning, environmental research and to plan relief efforts for natural disasters.
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, congratulated the country's rulers and its people on the achievement on Monday, saying the success was made all the better by taking place during the Year of Zayed.
KhalifaSat's successful launch and the aforementioned accomplishments are not only indicative of the UAE's space industries advancement, but also mark a qualitative shift in its global power ranking.
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